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Subject: Re: [LDR] Orphans Guardians
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2007 13:17:01 -0500
Clare wrote >(p. 256) Levi Ball & Elizabeth, his wife, guardian to Samuel Mills. (p. 257) Levi Ball & Elizabeth, his wife, guardian to Robert Mills (of Robert)
I rarely have seen a husband and wife named guardian.><<
You don't say what they are doing in these entries, perhaps filing an accounting or asking for the court to approve selling property to support or school the child.
In either of these actions it wouldn't be out of line for a husband to act with his wife, much as in accountings on decedents' estates, where the husband is more likely to have had formal schooling.
But if you are transcribing these entries correctly, they do not say that Levi was a guardian. 'Guardian' is singular, indicating that the wife was guardian. This sentence construction is more clear where there is a feminine form of a word, such as 'executrix' or 'administratrix', so could read (say) 'Levi Ball and Elizabeth his wife, executrix on the estate of John Doe . . . .'